WILMINGTON, NC July 11, 2014 – With the bases loaded and two outs, and a tie ballgame in the bottom of the twelfth inning, Nate Moorhouse walked into a situation that millions of children emulate in their backyard. What they don’t imitate, however, is taking a 2-2 fastball off the elbow to win the game – but that’s exactly how Fayetteville’s three game winning streak was brought to an end.
The starting pitching between these two teams was phenomenal in the early goings. Faytteville’s Teddy Turner and Wilmington’s Beau Dees traded goose eggs though the first three innings, but it was the Sharks who would strike first.
Steven Linkous was struck by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the fourth, and would move up to second after Moorhouse singled. Linkous would steal his 25th base of the season to put him on third base and extend his lead for the most stolen bases in CPL play. Cam McRae would rip a 1-2 fastball right back where it came from, easily scoring Linkous.
Fayetteville was held off the scoreboard by Sharks southpaw Beau Dees through the first seven innings. Dees allowed just four hits, and struck out four, only walking one. After seven innings, Dees’ pitch count was up in the mid nineties, so he was replaced by another left handed hurler in Will Shepley. Shepley, too, would hold Fayetteville scoreless in an inning, striking out two before allowing a single to the leadoff man. Shepley would pick him off to end the eighth.
The Sharks took the 1-0 lead into the top of the ninth, where Kyler Stout would allow his first earned run of the season, after 19 innings of work. Stout allowed a leadoff single to Jason Blum, who scored from second on a pinch hit single by Sam Hall. Stout would collect two K’s in the inning, but the damage had been done.
Ryan Manore would come out of the bullpen to pitch in the first inning of free baseball, and would throw three complete innings, allowing just two hits, walking one, and fanning three. Manore was on the mound when the winning run crossed the plate in the bottom of the twelfth, so despite Dees’ spectacular night, Manore would be credited with the win.
The Sharks are at home once again Saturday, to face the Morehead City Marlins in the final game before the All-Star Game fun in Morehead City on Sunday and Monday.
About The Wilmington Sharks
Set in the picturesque Cape Fear region of North Carolina, the Wilmington Sharks are one of the charter members of the Coastal Plain League. Providing affordable family entertainment in a minor league atmosphere, the Sharks have been consistently in the top 25 in attendance in all of summer-collegiate baseball.
About The Coastal Plain League
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,100 alumni drafted and 65 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com.